Early Days

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By Marie Cox


August 23, 2001

William Wesley "Bill" Webster Jr., 77, of Webster Road in Campbellsville died Thursday, Aug. 16 at Taylor County Hospital in Campbellsville after an illness.

"Celebrating Tomorrow's Church Today" is the theme for Saloma Baptist Church's homecoming and 50th anniversary celebration scheduled for Sunday.

If the weatherman cooperates, it should be a very good season opener for dove hunters throughout Kentucky.

Woodrow and Thelma Grimes will celebrate their 50th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 1.

Aaron Gowdy signed last Thursday to play baseball for Kentucky State.



August 22, 1991

"I was so overwhelmed. I've never felt like this." That's how Bonnie Newton said she felt Saturday night after she was named Taylor County's 1992 Young Woman of the Year.

Larry and Darlene Marcum of Campbellsville attended the Mary Kay Cosmetics annual seminar in Dallas on Aug. 1-3.

An estimated 148 volunteers pitched in to haul away 297 bags of trash, according to Richard Flowers, a ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He said this compares to 256 volunteer and 396 bags of trash the year before.



August 17, 1981

A state road crew began work last week on removing the rock wall that runs parallel to U.S. 68 where it intersects KY 55.

Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Wise of Campbellsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Gayle, to Jeffrey Sprowles, the son of Rosalyn Sprowles of Campbellsville. The wedding will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Palestine Baptist Church.

Ricky and Vicky Strader of Campbellsville announce the birth of a girl, Krystal Dawn, at 6:15 a.m. July 23 at Taylor County Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Canada will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday, Sept. 6 at their home in Louisville with an open house between the hours of 1 and 6 p.m. All friends and relatives are invited to attend, no invitations will be mailed.



August 19, 1971

The Taylor County Board of Education has voted to "oust" the federally sponsored Headstart program, and as a result, the district director Katheryn Kraus of Bardstown, has resigned her position.

United States Senator Marlow Cook was in Campbellsville on Wednesday of last week and spoke to about 50 local business and professional men at a luncheon at Topper Restaurant.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jim Rivers of Lexington visited Mr. Rivers' mother, Letha Rivers, over the weekend.

Mrs. Marion True and three children, Alex, Allison and Jane of Springfield, Mo., are here for a 10-day visit with her mother, Mrs. Gertrude Creel, and aunt, Miss Margaret Maupin.



August 17, 1961

Two Taylor County men were recently inducted into the U.S. Army, it was reported this week by the local draft board. Charles E. Nolley was inducted on July 27 and Billy B. Rice on Aug. 14.

M.M. Hall, mayor of Campbellsville, announced this week that work has been completed on the installation of 55 new street lights in the downtown area and along Main Street west of Campbellsville High School.

One of the most interesting and successful fairs ever here was concluded Saturday night at the Taylor County Fairgrounds with the largest Saturday attendance in the history of the present fair association.



August 16, 1951

Jay Shofner, an employee at the Taylor County REA, won the 1951 Dodge car given away at the Taylor County Fair on Saturday night.

The annual pre-school clinic, sponsored by the PTA, will be this year at the CHS Auditorium on Aug. 16 Mrs. James S. Campbell, president, said several local physicians and dentists have expressed their willingness to help with the clinic.

Four school buses were purchased by the Taylor County Board of Education at a meeting here Aug. 6. Wood T. Coppock was the successful bidder. Superintendent George E. Sapp said the buses will be delivered about Sept. 1.



August 14, 1941

The new Taylor County High School for pupils residing outside the Campbellsville Graded District, will not open until about Oct. 1, it was stated this week by County Superintendent George E. Sapp.



August 13, 1931

Mrs. Burr Gilpin and son Burr Jr. and Edna Scott spent Sunday with relatives in Richmond and Lexington.

Last Sunday night, a large crowd heard the Rev. A.H. Gregory, pastor of the Methodist Church, preach at the union services on the courthouse yard. The Rev. Erickson will preach at the services next Sunday night.



August 25, 1921

The sale of the W.W. Parke residence was Aug. 17 and was well attended. The local band furnished music. The property was sold to J.D. Eubank for $4,150. Several prizes were given by the Payne Realty Co., who conducted the auction.

On the morning of Aug. 17, a fire broke out in the restaurant of Netherland and Shofner, which resulted in the complete loss of the building and its contents.



August 16, 1911

W.C. Morgan has filed suit against the City of Campbellsville for $3,500 damages as the result of an accident on the Depot Street bridge on May 23. While driving across the bridge, the horse Morgan was driving became frightened at a team of oxen and backed off the bridge, with Morgan sustaining serious injury to his left arm. The horse died the next day as a result. Morgan claims that the bridge was not in safe condition or the accident would not have occurred.